St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum, and enable all learners to realise their full potential.

In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in groups based on their average KS2 points score, adjusted for current progress.  The groups are referred to as J,O,S.E,P and H.  Groupings are reviewed at the end of each term by the heads of Department working together. Progress in one subject area may not necessarily result in a change of grouping as, depending on the year group, a number of different subjects will be tied together.   Technology is taught in 8 smaller mixed ability groups.

 

Year 7

On admission to St. Joseph’s, learners are placed into mixed ability form groups, using information from our associated primary schools and parental requests where possible. Their subjects are taught in the six J,O,S.E,P,H groupings which are based on a single band.

During the first year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education and Citizenship is delivered in tutorial time.

 

Year 8

All subjects are taught in groups based on their average Key Stage 2 point score, adjusted for current progress.   Mathematics and English are taught in 8 groups spilt into two parallel bands determined by the Modern Foreign Language studied.  Other subjects are taught in the six J,O,S and E,P,H groupings which are based on two parallel bands. Technology is taught in 8 smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the second year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

Design and Technology

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education and Citizenship is delivered in tutorial time.

 

Year 9

All subjects are taught in groups based on their average Key Stage 2 point score, adjusted for current progress.  Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish), Drama, Art, Music and ICT are taught in 8 groups spilt into two parallel bands determined by the Modern Foreign Language studied.  Other subjects are taught in the J,O,S and E,P,H groupings which are based on two parallel bands. Technology is taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the third year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education and Citizenship are delivered in tutorial time.

During Year 9, students choose some of the subjects that they wish to study at Level 2 (GCSE). Compulsory subjects currently include English, Maths, Dual Award Science, Religious Studies and core Physical Education. From 2018 a Modern Foreign Language will also be compulsory for the majority of pupils. Consultation between the Head of Year, Form Tutors, The Director of Standards, The Director of Student Services and liaison with parents ensures that the individual needs of each child are carefully considered. Pupils will then follow a pathway based on their needs.  From 2018 there will be two main Pathways and up to two others.  Following the consultation the following may also apply -; some pupils may follow a tailored vocational programme; some pupils may undertake an extended work experience programme.

 

Key Stage 4

 

Year 10 and Year 11

In Key Stage 4 our pupils will follow courses in GCSE. These two-year courses comprise of Compulsory Core subjects and Option Choice subjects.

 

In Key Stage 4, English and Mathematics students are set according to ability in two bands. RE and Science are taught within two different ability bands. Options subjects are taught in mixed groups.

 

Obviously GCSE provision at any given time depends on different factors, including government requirements, which are open to modification from time to time.

 

Our current arrangements are that all pupils will study a common core of:

Religious Education

Mathematics

English

English Literature (where appropriate for the student)

Science

Physical Education (non-examined compulsory non-GCSE course)

 

In addition to the core subjects, pupils can choose to study:

Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics individually)

History

Geography

Art

Music

Drama

Physical Education (GCSE Module)

Information and Communication Technology (Cambridge National – vocational qualification)

French

Spanish

Law

Resistant Materials

Electronics

Computer Science

Product Design

Food Technology

BTEC Diplomas :-

– iMedia

 

Currently, most learners take 3 option subjects. They follow these courses for both years for three lessons each week. Some pupils, where we feel it is appropriate and where timetable restrictions allow it, there will be a fourth stretch option with 2 lessons each week. Suitability for this is carefully considered and informed by the relevant achievement criteria, subject aptitude and timetabling practicalities. Currently this only applies in year 11 and the stretch subjects are either French or Spanish.

During Year 9, consultation between the Head of Year, Form Tutors, The Director of Standards, The Director of Student Services and interviews with Senior Leaders and parents ensures that the individual needs of each child are carefully considered. Following consultation the following may apply – some pupils may follow an alternative curriculum where one subject is replaced by a Foundation Learning Programme; some pupils will only study single award science and follow a Foundation Learning Programme; some pupils may followed a tailored vocational programme; some pupils may undertake an extended work experience programme.

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education and Citizenship are delivered in tutorial time.

 

The vast majority of our learners successfully complete their GCSE course and results have been well above national averages over many years. Most of our learners go onto further education, studying A-Levels and Level 3 BTECs, many of them go to study at University, gaining high quality degrees. Some of our learners decide to enter the world of employment, training or apprentice at 16 but whatever route they choose, they have the support and encouragement from school to help them succeed.